General

The Gondwana Lodge is a fantastic place for a family safari to see Africa’s Big 5 while enjoying luxury comfort in very spacious suites. The suites themselves keep you connected to the environment with fantastic views over the Karoo plains and Anysberg Mountains.

The lodge itself was designed to resemble a typical thatched Karoo homestead. The lodge offers beautiful views over the Bellair Dam, which is a fantastic place to see many different birds. Enjoy relaxing at the lodge after your safaris in the wildlife-rich Sanbona Reserve. You can enjoy the Gondwana Lodge pool or have a massage or spa treatment at the Relaxation Retreat. Children can enjoy their own activity room, outdoor play area, child-friendly pool, and the spacious lawn area. The lodge also offers the ‘Kids on Safari’ program.

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Cape Town

Cape Town

South Africa’s capital, Cape Town is an award-winning city that features some fantastic designs and cultural attractions. Enjoy touring the wine region, cultural attractions, and museums. For nature lovers, you can enjoy different protected areas and the city is the base to explore the impressive Sanbona Reserve.

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South Africa

South Africa

South Africa is the world’s leading Safari destination. Here you can enjoy incredible wildlife spectacles exploring game reserves to see the Big 5. Stay at luxury lodges or get close to nature on Explorer Camps in the famous Kruger National Park, Sanbona Reserve or Shamwari Reserve. These reserves contain all Africa’s Big 5 game animals and many others. Take jeep or walking safaris to enjoy the wildlife of this remarkable country.

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Africa

Africa

Attracting explorers and adventurers for centuries, Africa remains mysterious with incredible wildlife spectacles like the great migration, some of the world’s most untouched tropical forests, a diverse culture, and fascinating flora and fauna. Africa was the cradle of mankind and the diverse and imposing wildlife we grew up with fills this continent of contrasts.

Tour Destinations

The forested areas of Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda hide some of the most magical of all the African wildlife sightings, the forest Gorillas and Chimpanzees. Our cousins have been living in these forests for thousands of years. These can be seen on tours led from eco tourism lodges that take guided expeditions to see the fantastic and majestic animals.

Heading down the continent, South Africa remains a fantastic tourist destination with protected areas like the famous Kruger National Park, Sabona Reserve and Shamwari Reserve. The reserves contains excellent lodges and safari experiences where you can see all of Africa’s Big 5 while enjoying comfortable or luxurious accommodation and walking safaris influenced by early African explorers.

Wildlife & Protected Areas

Africa’s protected areas contain the world’s most diverse mega fauna where you can enjoy seeing Giraffes, Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Rhinos, Hippos, Chimpanzees and Gorillas.

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Accommodation

The rooms at the Gondwana Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults sharing with 1 child, depending on availability of rooms with sleeper couches. Four pairs of rooms are then designed to be interleading to accommodate families. There are several options of rooms available at Gondwana:

Six suites on the ground floor with private deck

  • 2 Twin bedded Luxury Suites
  • 4 King bedded Luxury Suites (2 with sleeper couches)

Six suites upstairs with private balcony/viewing deck

  • 2 Twin bedded Luxury Suites
  • 4 King bedded Luxury Suites (2 with sleeper couches)

Each of these options have several features, such as:

  • Air conditioning
  • Under floor heating
  • Private mini bar
  • Private deck or balcony
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Electronic safe
  • International dial telephone
  • En-suite bathroom with shower, free standing bath, and twin basins

In addition to luxury suites and the above features, guests can also enjoy the many facilities available at Gondwana Lodge. These include:

  • Outdoor dining boma
  • Outdoor pool with shallow area
  • Children’s playroom with TV
  • Lounge with fireplace and TV with satellite channels
  • Gift boutique
  • Relaxation Retreat with steam room
  • Outdoor play area for children
  • WiFi

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve then offers exciting tours to enjoy.

Tour

You can enjoy some fantastic activities to enjoy in the Sanbona Reserve. From your very comfortable Gondwana Lodge, enjoy game drives scouting for the Big 5, fantastic birding tours, walking trails, a relaxation retreat, see fantastic rock art, and view the Milky Way in stunning detail.

Game Drives

The Sanbona Reserve is a great place to spot iconic wildlife. Home to the lions, giraffes, elephants and other iconic animals, enjoy 3-hour game drives around the reserve to find the Big 5 and more.

The Sanbona Reserve project is to restore the wildlife that existed here long ago. The comfortable land cruisers for game viewing traverse three different biomes of the Sanbona Reserve to find the different wildlife. With knowledgeable and experienced Sanbona rangers, spot the various animals on early morning or sunset drives.

Please note – no persons under 4 years of age are permitted to join game drives.

Birding

With over 200 different birds in the Sanbona Reserve, this is a great place for birding. A favorite area for bird lovers is the bank of the Bellair Dam where over 40 species can be seen in this one spot. Some favorite species to spot include the booted eagles, cinnamon-breasted warblers, black-winged stilts, namaqua sandgrouse, jackal buzzards, and Ludwigs bustards.

Walking Trails

A favorite activity in the Sanbona Reserve, on walking safaris experience Africa as an early explorer. Walk the Little Karoo to find a diversity of animals and plants on foot. There are many nature walks throughout the reserve where the Sanbona rangers will guide you while telling interesting information about the reserve, its wildlife, and the region’s history.

Relaxation

Enjoy your relaxation retreat at your Sanbona Reserve accommodation to enjoy a range of massages and other treatments. Enjoy treatments suited for stress release, cleansing, relaxation, as well as rejuvenating facial treatments.

See Ancient Rock Art

The Sanbona Reserve has seven known sites for rock art dating to around 3,500 years ago. The rock art depicts the lives of the San and the Khoi-Khoi people who lived in the region until around 100 years ago. The different groups have their own style and focus the paintings on different parts of their lives.

Tour the Waterways

Enjoy water safaris in the Sanbona Reserve on either sunrise or sunset cruises to spot the Big 5, hippos, and many different birds. Hear fascinating commentary on the wildlife and region from your ranger guide as you navigate the waterways.

Rates |

High Season

4 Days / 3 Nights:

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5 Days / 4 Nights:

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Peak Season

4 Days / 3 Nights:

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5 Days / 4 Nights:

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Low Season

4 Days / 3 Nights:

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5 Days / 4 Nights:

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Notes

Rates per person
Rates based on double occupancy
All rates are invoiced in South African Rand (ZAR) on “per person per night” basis.

Adults travelling:

Adult Sharing rates apply to persons (12 years and older) sharing one room/suite/tent. Persons 12 years and older are considered adults and will therefore require their own room/suite/tent at the applicable rates.
Single Adult rates are only applicable when one adult is staying by him/herself in one room/suite/tent. Not applicable when an adult is sharing a room/suite/tent with a child/children.
Note that all rooms can sleep a maximum of two adults.
Above mentioned rates are inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, game drives, guided walks, tea, coffee, water, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 14% Vat (all other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).
Persons under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.

Insurance

We highly recommend that travel insurance is taken out.

Transfers

Transfers can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional cost.
All transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies.
All transfers must be arranged prior to arrival.

Provisional Reservations

Not available to reservations between 15 December and 28 February (travelling dates).
Subject to availability; i.e.: should we have limited suites available, only confirmed bookings will be accepted.
Made less than 30 days prior to arrival will be held for a max of 72 hours.
Made 60 - 90 days prior to arrival will be held for a maximum of 7 working days.
Made more than 90 days prior to arrival will be held for a maximum of 14 working days.
Should confirmation not be received by the given date; the booking will be automatically released and can only be re-instated on the basis that the booking is confirmed/guaranteed.
Full names of guests traveling will be required to convert the status from provisional to confirm.

Payment

Full pre-payment is required 60 days prior to arrival.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve reserves the right to release bookings, should payment not be received by the requested date.
Any discrepancies on the confirmation/pro forma invoice must be addressed at the time of booking.
All bank charges are for the account of the tour operator and will not be paid by Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
All payments made by credit card are subject to a 5% transaction fee (based on the total transaction value).

Cancellations

Peak Season
Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from reservations.
50% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival.
100% of fee if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to arrival.

General
Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from reservations.
25% of fee if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to arrival.
50% of fee if cancellation is less than 15 days prior to arrival.
100% of fee if cancellation is less than 7 days prior to arrival.

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